Tres Martin Bio
Tres Martin was born on November 20th 1963 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the oldest of a family of three children. His father Ralph Martin Jr. and Katherine Dianne Martin moved to Fort Lauderdale when Tres was only two years old. As a kid Tres always had a drive for competition. He was a bicycle dare devil and jumped into bicycle motocross where he built and race his own bike with much success with podium finishes. At age fourteen Tres started working for Everglades Marina a very well established business in Fort Lauderdale owned by his father Ralph Martin Jr. From moping floor; to cleaning boats; learning every aspect of the marine business, Tres became a certified marine technician to be promoted to Service Manager in a very short time. Tres convinced Everglades Marina to start up a customizing and race shop to attract more performance boats enthusiast and it was a success.
Tres started the first successful race boat out of Everglades Marina named “RAZZ” a 41’Apache in which he won the 1988 World Championship. The following year Tres ran another successful race boat out of Everglades Marina named “LITTLE CEASARS PIZZA” a 47’ Apache Superboat with triple 1000 HP motors which went on to win the 1989 World Championship where Tres became the youngest Thottleman to win in Superboat Class. In 1993 Tres built “INXS” a 47’ Fountain with triple 1000 HP motors that WON 11 out of 13 Races on a National Circuit clinching the 1993 National Title in Superboat. Tres repeated the same performance in 1994 in a 45’ Fountain “INXS”. After 16 years of dedication Tres resigned from Everglades Marina and started his own company “Martin Offshore Inc.” The business was very successful as Tres is very dedicated to his customers in whom they rely on his knowledge and reputation. Each boat that came to Martin Offshore received Tres’s personal touch.
In 1999 I was approached by Cigarette factory about participating in a few races which were done successfully. In 2000 Tres was approached by one of his customer “Todd Klindworth” to build a 38’ Cigarette name “TEAM VIRGIN” and the following year a 36’ Gladiator and a 40’ MTI Catamaran which both boats were raced back to back on the same day which labeled Todd and Tres the IRON MEN OF OFFSHORE. In 2001 they won the National and World Title which led to both of them being inducted into the APBA Hall Of Fame Champions. Since 1986 totaling more than 66 checkered flags, Tres has won 4 National and 4 World Championship Titles from Factory Class to Superboat. Throughout his career, Tres has always been in the top 3 in National level in points. Also has been 3 times Throttleman of the Year. Tres brings this thoroughbred form to your everyday performance boat or performance boat school.
Some of Tres’s hobbies are, horse riding and showing, classic muscle cars and snow skiing. Most important in his life are his children, family and friends. Tres Martin Performance and Tres Martin’s Performance Boat School, were established in 2004 when Tres felt compelled to bring his knowledge to those who needed it and that is how Tres decided that a training school for power boaters was overdue.
Tres is a consultant for the marine industries and insurance companies and has design several new hull designs for boat manufactures. Over the years Tres has become very involved with powerboat safety and continues to do research and development on hull design and handling to provide safer on water hull use.
Today Tres resides in scenic Ocala Florida where he enjoy's country living on his ranch with all of his horses and animals.
Brad Schoenwald Bio
Originally from Spokane, Washington Brad Schoenwald is a lifelong boater who grew up running family boats on the lakes of Northern Idaho. Retiring from the U. S. Coast Guard but not from working, in 2007 after serving over 20 years, his assignments took him about as far as the Coast Guard could send him Brad, served aboard USCG Cutter Elderberry - Petersburg, Alaska, USCG Station Chetco River-Harbor Oregon, USCG Station St. Clair Shores-St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USCG Cutter Galveston Island-Apra Harbor Guam, Marine Safety Office San Juan-San Juan Puerto Rico, and most recently USCG Sector Miami, Prevention Operations-Miami Beach, Florida. Command positions include Executive Officer, USCG Cutter Point Bridge, Marina, Del Rey, California and Officer In Charge, USCG Station San Juan. In addition to his operational background Brad has an extensive background in instructional Technologies and Human Performance Technologies. The depth of this training and education resulted in Special Recognition for Inspirational Leadership at the Chief Petty Officer Academy in New London Connecticut. Brad writes for a variety of boating magazines and is frequently requested to speak during boating safely and human performance technologies conferences.
An experienced professional mariner Brad is Deck Watch Officer qualified, a National Motor Life Boat School and Coxswain “C” school graduate and maintains a 100 Ton Masters license. In additional to working with the Performance Boat School Brad is also on staff at the USCG Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise, where cruise ship inspectors from around the world are trained on complex systems, crew proficiency and performance as well as all the regulations governing the Cruise Industry.
Brad is a performance boat enthusiast and is often found riding his Twin Step Top Gun all over the U.S.
The most important aspect of operating any watercraft is how well the human performs. The traditionalist in the industry is completely focused on the boats performance rather than the operator. Speed never causes an incident; it merely dictates the severity of consequence. Humans can fail at slow speed and get away with it; the same failure at higher speeds will of course result in a much different outcome.
We offer the only training program that provides the proper skill competencies and then verifies each student attains a prescribed minimum level of proficiency before being awarded a completion certificate.